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at the vatican this morning. the 85-year-old pontiff said he will step down february 28th, because he is simply too old to carry on. the leered of more than a billion roman catholics said carrying out his duties requires quote both strength of mind and body. the news stunned the church leaders around the world. >> i have to be honest, i'm as shocked and startled as all of you. >> reporter: it is the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. on the streets of europe, some people refused to believe it. he says it can't be true, it would be too huge for the church for something like this to happen. a vatican spokesman said the pope deserves respect for making such a personal and courageous decision to quit. the pope's resignation sets the stage for a new papal election. vatican officials hope to elect a new pope in time for holy week at the end of march. pope benedict had big shoes to fill in 2005 when cardinals chose him to succeed john paul ii. one of his biggest tasks was responding to the priest's sex abuse scandal. pope benedict issued an apology to victims and said the church made
something that no pontiff had done in nearly 600 years. he announced his resignation and stunned his audience. he said that i have come to the certainty that my strengths, in due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate execution of saint peter's ministry. pope benedict said the strength of mind and body are necessary. strength in that in the last few months had deteriorated to the point where he doubted he could carry out his duties. only yesterday pope had spoken to sunday audience in st. peter's square. the vatican said that there was no specific medical issue making can step down. the pope said that he did not have the stamina to continue. >> i am very disappointed and in shock about what happened this morning. >> it is a great act of courage to do what has not been done in 600 years. >> 1 cardinal feels it is a liberating act for the church. no future pope will feel like they have to stay on until death. >> we had a warning from the pope about this and we did not pay attention. the pope said that there are circumstances under which a pope can resign and certain ci
pontiff. among them, many from the pope's native germany. benedick was the first german pope in half a millennium. a brass band played the anthem of the very where the pope was born and raised. in his address, he spoke candidly about his almost eight- year papacy. he drew an analogy from the bible, saying there had been days of sunlight, but there had also been stormy waters and head winds when the lord seemed to be sleeping. the pope also directly addressed worshipers, expressing his gratitude for supporting his decision to step down. he said he would remain in the service of the church. >> i thank you all for respecting and understanding my decision, the decision i have taken for the good of the church. i will continue to accompany the church through prayer. >> there were moments of humility and moments of emotion as he found warm words for his followers. alabama we remain, dear friends, close to one another in prayer. i send my greetings to you all from all of my heart. god bless you. then the audience clearly appreciated the appearance, including the cardinals for whom a successo
will resign. this makes him the first pontiff in 600 years to step down. it is meant to be a job for life, but pope benedict xvi says he is stepping down at the end of the month. a huge shock for the catholic church and its 1 billion followers. >> the 85-year-old german is resigning because of a progressive decline in land his health and not because of an illness. the new pope will have to be elected. the vatican says that will happen before the end of march. >> it was the moment that will go down in history, a moment even his closest aides were not prepared for. benedict was presiding over a meeting ever cardinals called to discuss business, instead he announced he will become the first pope in six centuries to resign. >> in order to steer the ship of st. peter and proclaim the gospel, both strength of body and mind are necessary. that strength has deteriorated in meat so that i have noticed the adequacy of my inability to fill that entrusted to me. >> the head of the college of cardinals said his mission will continue even after he steps down. in declining health has been increasingly o
, with the pope announcing his retirement, who will be the next pontiff? one of the front runners would make history. >> it certainly would be dangerous if you had kids around. >> look what officers stumbled upon during a drug raid? an investigator says he has never seen anything like it. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> the opening of a gun store just weeks after the newtown school massacre has sparked an emotional debate over guns and gun sales in one south bay town. it has gotten so ugly, the owner is receiving death threats. kpix5 reporter is live with residents fighting to shut down the store, kit. >> reporter: tonight, the town council voted unanimously to look into ways to impose a moratorium on gun stores and regulate any new ones. as far as the one that opened up a month and a half ago, what's done is done and that one will stay. tonight's town council meeting has taken on a whole new caliber of urgency. police officers are providing extra security after the store owner got a death threat last week. >> we are grateful for the law enforcement to make sure everyone is safe. >
pontiff issued a stunning statement -- -- the 85-year-old pontiff issued a stunning statement. >> i am kind of exciting to see the process of another pope. >> he is a conservative and appointed like minded bishops. vatican observers believe this stage is set for another pope similar to benedict. >> we will have another pulp that is even more conservative. >> the number of priests and nuns is shrinking fast. young catholics are leading the faith and large numbers. some feel -- >> i think if the church keeps going the way it is and we have another poke that conservative, they will continue to lose american catholics. >> we will soon know the direction the church will take and what continent the next pope comes from. the cardinals will gather next month to select the next pope. >> we are hearing from the man who currently leads the washington archdiocese as well as the man who succeeded yen. he's was one of the men who will vote on a new pope next month. >> it came as an enormous surprise. i received the news very early this morning in a call from rome. in addition to the cardinal, his de
before the crowd and delivered his final sunday blessing. the pontiff prepares for retirement amid new controversy. and thompson explains as we thompson world -- anne explains as we cover the world. >> afflicts chant -- catholics jammed st. peter's square to share the final blessing us -- of pope benedict. they heard the pope give more reasons for why he is retiring. he told the crowd that god has called him onto the mountain to live a life of more prayer and meditation, but that he would not be abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pontiff said god had asked him to witness life with the same kind of dedication, but to do so in a way that is more appropriate for his age and strength. for the many expressions of gratitude, closeness, and prayer. >> it was played out against the background of new scandal. headlines coming from britain that three priests and a former priest are accusing a cardinal of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. those priests and the former priest want card -- the cardinal to resign immediately before he comes to rome to vote for the new pope. a papal
over the world to bid farewell on this significant day. the pontiff telling them he is not resigning for his good but for the good of the church. the pontiff says he faced joy but also difficult moments during his leadership. he will continue to serve the church through prayer. he thanks everyone for respecting his decision. >>> as of 8:00 p.m. tomorrow roam time he will officially step down. the news of his retirement shocked the world. he no longer has the mental or physical strength to lead the catholic church. let's go live to the final public appearance. >> amy kellogg is there in saint peters square with the crowd and joins us on the phone. amy? >> hi patti ann. hi heather. i just backed off from saint peters square. the pope just wrapped up his remarks. beyond what you said about him expressing thanks to people he did also say i thought was worth mentioning when you become a pope you give up your personal life. by retiring he is not reclaiming a personal life of travel and conferences, but he is going to continue to dedicate himself to the church, prayer, reflection. that's wh
day can begin. in fact, it's been 700 as opposed to 600 years since a pontiff resigned as opposed to ruling for life. pope benedict spent his last night in the papal vatican as the clock ticks down to his historic resignation. he'll step down after meeting with cardinals around the world and saying one last good-bye to followers. he gave an emotional farewell to 150,000 people in st. peters square yesterday. >> it did mean a lot, and to see the affection of the people the appreciation of the crowd, it was -- it was touching. >> reporter: later today the pope will take a ten-minute helicopter ride to castel gandolfo, the pope's summer retreat on the outskirts of rome. >> he'll spend a couple months there until there's a new pope and things are ready. he'll be basically spending a life of prayer in a convent on the vatican grounds. >> reporter: most of the 115 cardinals who will elect pope benedict's successor are already here in rome and speculation is spreading fast about who will replace him. >> i think it's going to be from africa or latin america. >> wha
church and its bun billion catholics around the world. the 85-year-old pontiff says he doesn't have the strength to continue his duties in the church and will step down at the opened the month. his -- some cardinals not understanding what he said. we're seeing the same reaction from catholics all over the world, including here in the united states, the new york archbishop said he was startled. >> every catholic feels close to the pope. we call him our holy father. it's like watching your own dad get old and admit he is not up to all the duties of being the head of a family. >> the vatican stressing there's no specific medical condition that led to the resignation but the pope's advancing age. he has cut up to on his travel and moves down the aisle on a moving platform, sometimes using a cane. when he was elected nearly eight years after, benedict became the oldest pope chosen in 300 years. we have live coverage from rome. reporter: greg, this was a shock because it simply is not done. it's something that can be don't and pope benedict xvi had alluded to some friends he might resign
the pontiff for waiting for this. martha: even the pope's closest advisers say this decision took them by surprise. the news broke a couple hours ago. in his statement he says after repeatedly examined my conscience before god that my strength due to an advanced age are no longer suited to the petrine ministry. >> reporter: pope benedict 16 says he will be quitting february 28, less than 8 years into his papacy. he said his strength has deteriorated the last couple months and he noted a lack of strength to fulfill his mission. the senior sa senior advisor sae noticed the pope slowing down. we watched pope john paul ii suffer through the last few years of his papacy. maybe he wanted to avoid that. the former cardinal joseph ratzinger was touched by the charges of child abuse in the catholic church. bill: what happens next on the dates that are aren't? >> reporter: he's leaving february 28, 8:00 p.m. local time in rome. that leaves that very important vacancy and sets up a conclave of cardinals. vatican says by mid-march at the latest. vatican says we should have a new pope by esther sun
and get valuable insight about picking the next pontiff. kimberly? >> reporter: local catholic church leaders say the position is physically and mentally demanding. the pope is expected to travel and make many more public appearances. and it's likely these factors will be considered when choosing the successor. the archbishops of san francisco and oakland have both spent time with the pope within the last year. >> he was certainly very mentally alert and inquisitive and engaging in conversation. but he seemed to be physically baring the burdens of the office. >> reporter: february 28th will be his final day as head of the catholic church. the cardinals of the world will meet in rome to choose a new pontiff. >> the holy father himself, pope benedict, will not take part in the conclave. he will have neither voice nor vote. >> there's 118 cardinals under age 80 who are eligible to vote. those over 80 years old will be there, but only as part of the preparatory session to discuss a possible successor and needs of the church. >> after that, the cardinals will go into conclave. and they wil
pontiff to resign in almost 600 years. the stunning move that has the world asking who's next. >>> from "hunger games" to "silver linings playbook" she is captivating audiences everywhere. oscar front-runner jennifer lawrence talks tinseltown parties and hollywood royalty. >>> and swimsuit inc. a show-stopping cover as kate upton graces "sports illustrated" swimsuit edition once more. we go inside the big business of a well-worn bikini. >>> keep it right here, america. "nightline" is back in just 60 seconds. [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ female announcer ] in just 60 seconds, you can't get more italian. it's on. let's roll. >>> from new york city, this is "nightline" with bill weir. >> if the last 600 years have taught us anything it's that popes don't quit. there is no league of retired pontiffs, no holy father rest home. it is a job for life or at least it was until t
and mexico, news of the pontiff's's resignation spread around the world. though the news caught the faithful by surprise, many catholics expressed sympathy for benedict's condition. >> he needs a rest. he has done a lot. it is a sign of humility on his part to pass on the responsibility of leading all the world's catholics. >> benedict said he no longer had the strength to carry out his ministry. those were historic words. he is the first pope to abdicate in almost six centuries. this german cardinal believes the move could signal a new era for how future popes will deal with the responsibility of the office. >> in contrast to others in the church and in society, benedict is not clinging to power. rather, he understands that it is an authority that was conferred upon him that he must exercise for the greater good of the entire church. that is already considerable speculation about who will succeed the pope. one candidate is the current cardinal secretary of state. other top candidates might include the canadian cardinal and one from nigeria. archbishop of sao paulo is also considering a poss
the first pontiff in six centuries to step down. he received a long standing ovation as he made its way into the audience hall at the vatican? . later he will preside over an ash wednesday mass. will go to our correspondent at the vatican. he said that he is stepping down for the good of the church. >> absolutely. the pope went straight into it. his first words were that he has taken the decision in full freedom and for the good of the church. he went on explaining that he understood the gravity of the moment. then he came to the realization that he did not have the spiritual or the material's strength to carry out his ministry. it was a standing ovation for the pope. it was a very festive atmosphere in the auditorium. 8000 people were there singing before he arrived. there was music. the vatican also want to show this is not a dramatic moments, this is a difficult moment for the church. i think they want to give the message of continuity. everybody was looking at the poll, whether he sounded tired or frail -- looking at the pope. when you ask people, they said they did not see any sign
ovation for the retiring pontiff, at his final public mass. a sea of cell phones capturing the exit of a man praised today as a simple and humble worker. >> i have tears in my eyes. it's just so amazing to be here. >> reporter: the pope's weekly audience turned into a pep rally of sorts for the pontiff. an audience these tourists from dallas will not forget. >> i think it's a very big part of history. and we're very proud to be a little part of it. >> reporter: when benedict's papacy ends, the vatican says he will remove his ring, the symbol of his authority, and it will be destroyed. as happens when a pope dies. on his last day, february 28th, he will meet with the cardinal, many appointed by him, and they will choose his successor at a conclave that will begin on or after march 15th. a secret with its own unique campaign rules, says john davis, who covered the vatican for the catholic news service. >> i think if a cardinal really thinks he would make a good pope, he would never say so. he might have a group of friends who might be saying so on his behalf. but even that is consider
on a transatlantic free trade agreement. >> pope benedict celebrates his last public mass as pontiff inside st. peter's basilica in rome. >> and the movie "night train to lisbon" has its world premiere at the berlin film festival. president barack obama says the american economy has made important progress, but there is still a long way to go. he delivered the annual state of the union address in washington last night and urged americans to help jump-start the country's sluggish -- sluggish economy. >> pushing hard for a special economy would significant job growth. that looks like the message obama plans to hammer home time and time again during his time in office. >> presidents also touched on foreign policy, praising u.s. soldiers stationed in afghanistan and promising them a speedy return home. >> the president of the united states. [applause] >> it is a washington ritual, long applause, handshakes, and hugs on both sides of the aisle. in his speech, obama focused clearly on domestic issues, among them, raising the minimum wage, reforming immigration, and modernizing the education system. he also
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it is for the good of the church. the 85-year-old pontiff says he does not have the strength to continue. it shocked catholics worldwide. it has been 600 years since a pope has chosen to step aside. now the faithful are asking, what happens next. charlene israel reports. >> reporter: the vatican will hold a co conclave before easter to elect a new vote. they will vote to decide who will lead the world's one billion roman catholics. >> the cardinals are going to have to weigh experience and the need for a certain energy. >> reporter: dale herd spoke with religious leaders in europe about the future pope. >> reporter: all of europe is abuzz over hugh the next pope might be, and what this will mean for the direction of the church. >> what do you ask most about the pope with these reporters? what do they all want to know? >> how the future pope should be like. my answer to that is he should be tremendously intelligent, and a person able to draw a bridge between the foundation and the faith of the church. and modern life. >> reporter: contenders include angelo scola, and cardinal mark ouel let. several n
-year-old pontiff said god asked him to live his life with the same dedication but in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> gratitude, expression and prayer. >> very happy to hear that he is not going away from this and that he is going to be in prayer. i was moved to hear those words from him. >> i was very grateful y. have seen the pope before. now i am grateful to see the pope for the last time for now. >> reporter: this very joyous event played out against background of news scandal. headlines about priests accusing scottish cardinals of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. those priests and the former priests want cardinal o'brien to resign immediately before he comes here to vote for the new pope. a papal spokesperson says the pope will be informed about the matter and the vatican will issue a statement tomorrow morning. >>> pope benedict will make his last public appearance as pontiff on monday before retiring on thursday. >>> california cardinal roger mahoney was questioned under oath this weekend about his handling of a sexual abuse case in the
officially steps do you on thursday, he will be the first pontiff to do so in -- steps down on thursday, he will be the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. >>> the building at pier 27 will start small and then think big. it will be the america's cup headquarters hosting ka that marines from march through october and then a second phase of construction will add a -- catamarans from march through october and then a second plays of construction will add a terny nal -- terminal. >>> later today, the san jose city council will get its first look at the latest development plan for a five-acre parcel land in the city's japan town area. jackson and sixth street was used in the past to store and maintain city-owned vehicles. city leaders are now considering a big change to the area. they will consider building new homes and stores and possibly a new city park. >>> san jose city leaders will propose a ban on styrofoam containers. supporters say this would also help the amount of litter in waterways. some are concerned they will have to pay more for eco- friendly containers. the council is expected t
with the pontiff's sendoff from the cardinals and catholics. >> reporter: pope benedict left the vatican for the last time as pontiff. vatican staff lined the courtyard and applauded. he flew to a retreat south of rome to begin his retirement. he spoke in italian to a crowd of cheering supporters from the balcony of the 17th century palace. >> father, son and holy ghost. >> reporter: this morning, he gave a final blessing to the cardinals who will elect a new pope. one of them will be his successor. he promised his unconditional rev reference and obedience to the next pope. he urged the cardinals to work together like an orchestra as they choose the next leader of the church. the cardinals paid their final respect to benedict kissing his ring before saying good-bye. cardinal george from chicago wanted his farewell to be personal. >> i know he's always being thanked for his great magisterium and witness. i thanked him for his friendship. >> reporter: cardinal george hopes the conclave will work quickly to name a new pope when he convenes next month.
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inteun certainty. the 85-year-old pontiff said he's no longer strong enough to fulfill his duties, saying strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which has in the past few months really deteriorated in me. >> it's remarkable to me in this day and age that he would step down. >> reporter: remarkable and shocking, because no pope has stepped down for 6 centuries. the decision is being hailed as historic and a potential game changer, making it okay to resign. now a billion catholics worldwide are left wondering who their next leader will be. >> the biggest question is where they will come from? will it be an italian pope, a latin-american pope? >> reporter: a conclave to elect a new pope will begin in mid-march, in time for easter. pub successors are from milan, canada -- possible successors are from milan, canada, and argentina. >> jeff hagel joins us with more reaction locally. >> reporter: archbishop william laurie said he visited the vatican 7 weeks ago and saw no signs of the pope slowing down, muff less resigning. >> the minute i heard about it, i was surprised. i certainly d
and support he's received in the recent weeks. the 85-year-old pontiff will step down on thursday at 8:00 p.m. >>> a special mass today before heading to the airport. >> he'll be taking part in the selection of a new pope. lauren? >> reporter: the cardinal stopped to speak with us. he said pope benedict's successor will have to have a balance between wisdom and energy. enough energy to take on the abilities and wisdom to lead the church. it's secretive, but he shared what he could with us. >> reporter: loaded to rome for the mission of a lifetime. >> apart from the most significant thing you could do, i can't imagine that i would have to do anything as important as this. >> cardinal donald world, departing from dull less international headed to italy. >> the preparation for something as important as this requires a great deal of silence and prayer. >> earlier in the day, he asked for god's blessing during a special mass at the national shrine. >> god bless benedict the xvi. >> as for pope benedict the xvi's surprise decision to step down -- >> there's some that say to me, you know, i'm tire
his post later this week. the 85-year-old pontiff told an estimated 100,000 people in st. pete's square today that god called him to a life of prayer and meditation. washington's archbishop will be at the vatican for the pope's final week. he left for rome today. after presiding over a mass of thanksgiving for benedict's papacy. he's part of the conclave selecting the next pope. at mass, he spoke about the need for a pontiff to function in modern times. >> the office is also exercised today in an age of instantaneous communication, where social media dominate how we relate to one another and therefore how the voice of peter must be articulated if it's to be heard. >> once in rome, he will meet with the pope and he and the other members of the conclave will start the process of choosing his successor. >>> turning to the weather now. a spring-like day to wrap up the weekend. hoping for a repeat tomorrow. here's the man who can tell us in that will happen. hi, chuck. >> good evening, everybody. the winds have staid up, but i don't think that's going to be as big a problem tomorrow
as the leader of the world's -- the 85-year-old pontiff saying his strength is no longer adequate. this news took fearly everyone by surprise, including the archbishop of new york, cardinal dolan. >> i'm as startled as the rest of you and anxious to find out exactly what's going on. >>> other reactions italy's prime minister saying he's greatly shaken by the unexpected news. >>> and british prime minister david cameron said he will be missed as a spiritual leader for millions. >>> and from angela merkel -- he had to make a difficult decision. just some of the reaction that's coming in today. joining mess is rome bureau chief claudio lavagna, and george weigel from washington. claudio, i want to start with you. we have part of the pope's statement. in it he said that both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength in the last few months has deteriorated to me to the extend i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry. with hindsight being 20/20, had there been any rumors that something like this was coming? >> reporter: we possibly benedict xvi even hinted a
and the pontiff. he just wants a younger pope with more stamina and more strength to take over. chris? >> claudio, thank you so much, from rome. >>> two senate committees now plan to hold hearings because of the growing controversy over president obama's unmanned drone program. it's the democrats who are worried about the balance between security and civil liberties while the president's program is getting support from a top house republican. >> i believe just as in the prior administration, this administration we can strike that balance to protect america, to employ technologies to do that at the same time upholding constitutional rights. >> we are at a different kind of war. we're not sending troops or manned bombers. we're dealing with the enemy where we find them to keep america safe. we can strike a new constitutional balance with the challenges we face today. >> president obama's use of unmanned drones to target is a continuation of bush era policies, but the attacks have ballooned. let's bring in chip, and margie omera. good more. margie, house majority leader eric cantor is supporting the
. >> there is probably a reason. he came everywhere. >> pope benedict never visited the bay area as pontiff. the pontiff has arthritis. and age 85 he may no longer be strong enough to keep up with demands of the office. father michael mccarthy believes he is setting a precedent for future popes. >> i suspect he's conscious of that. he's phone shallly setting a precedent for future popes, people tend to live longer than in the 12th century. so my guess is that he's setting a precedent that to resign office is a legitimate, right thing to do. >> the archdiocese made this comment about the decision to resign. >> this is an act of boldness on the part of this pope and also, of great humility. >> pope benedict was criticized for not being a vocal supporter of immigration reform. >> it needs to be talking about it. they don't have the opportunity to work. >> the timing of the retirement should allow his successor to be elected in time for holly week. in san jose, abc 7 news. >> now, cardinal roger mahony plans to vote for next pope. he is banned from many public functions. the current archbishop restricted ma
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church are going to be looking for a new pontiff after pope benedict announced yesterday he is stepping down. the decision stunned even his closest aides even though the 85-year-old hinted in the past that his age and waning strength could force him to resign. he was elected in 2005 and will stay on until february 28th. his plan to meet for that secret enclave to select a new leader. we have a report from vatican city. >> reporter: the day after the shocking announcement that he will resign on february 28th, more details are emerging about his decision. the vatican's own newspaper said that this decision was taken at least a year ago after his trip to cuba and mexico in march 2012. that's when the pontiff realized he's just too old and too weak to perform his duties as the holy father including, of course, long distance travel. while the speculation now is ripe whether there is any other reason behind his decision. in an interview in 2010 during the scandals that engulfed the vatican and the catholic church including the pedophilia scandal and later the butler scandal with him leaking d
. pope benedict xvi is stepping down as pontiff at the end this of month. tonight one french cardinal calls the move liberating for future popes. benedict is 85 years old and says he doesn't have the strength of mind and body needed to continue. the vatican says there is no specific health problem forcing him to step down. while a small group around the pope knew the announcement was coming it was a complete surprise for most of the church including washington's archbishop cardinal donald worrell. >> very startling. i was totally unprepared for it. the second reaction was, we're going to have to now think a little differently. >> cardinal worrell talking about the selection of the new pope while the former pope still lives. when exactly that will happen, still up in the air. tonight catholics have a lot of questions about the church's future and about what to expect from the next pontiff. jim rosenfield is live at the basilica of the national shrine with more on the story. >> doreen, some candid talk from the pulpit here during evening mass where leaders are as curious as followers ab
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at the end of february, becoming the first pontiff to resign in 600 years. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> suarez: and i'm ray suarez. on the newshour tonight, we have the latest on the surprise announcement, and we assess benedict's legacy and the challenges ahead for the catholic church. >> woodruff: then we get an update on the search for the fugitive police officer wanted for murder from los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa. >> suarez: elizabeth brackett of wttw-chicago has the story of a dramatic drop in the water level of lake michigan, endangering the economies of towns along the shore. >> if i had been walking along this beach in 1984, the water would have been almost a foot over my head. >> woodruff: on the daily download, christina bellantoni examines what it means to "like" someone-- or something-- on facebook. >> suarez: and jeffrey brown talks with novelist brad meltzer about his new book, writing thrillers, and his research into presidential assassins. >> if you look at all the people, they have almost nothing in common. it's every age range and socioeconomic range. loo
. >> there is it a discussion that the new pontiff could be from africa or latin america. >> that would be wonderful, too. >> there is it a decent chance, why look at america and europe, we say we are facing diminishing vocation and where is the church strongest and most viand groying in've by leaps and bounds. africa and central america. we have a vocation crisis in the united states, why are not getting enough young min to step forward and be a priest. in south america they have more than enough. that is a sign that the church is alive and growing, why not turn to the leadership and can you bring that to the universal church and give us the shot in the arm why need. >> how does it actually work? they come in certain meetings and voting blocks and more italians among the 117 card nalce, what do they do? >> here is the problem in. old days most of the cardinals were based in roim, because they were inity lie, they got to know each other. it was a familiarity. you have awe universal church and cardinals throughout the world. they do i want get a lot of time to understand each other's personality. the time
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